Many women enter into transactional relationships, the most common of which involve young women and their so-called sugar daddies risk of contracting and spreading HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, as well as risking unplanned pregnancy. This makes it important to consider female economic empowerment in HIVreduction policies.
These relationships are said to be prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa, where black women are more likely to enter into transactional relationships.
Though some are motivated by the woman’s lack of socioeconomic resources (in poor societies, sex is sometimes the only currency of exchange for women), increasingly they are driven by consumerism. The most common perception of transactional sexual relationships is that it happens between young women in their twenties and older men, often referred to as sugar daddies.
Although this is indeed common, the relationships are not always intergenerational. Women of all ages and social statuses take part in transactional sexual relationships – and the only difference may be in the nature of the goods or the amounts of money received for the sex.
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